Airbus Defence and Space • Senior Spacecraft Structures Engineer

Abbie was inspired to pursue a career in science and engineering by the Beagle 2 Mars lander programme, and landed her dream job working on her very own Mars mission at just 25. Now one of the country’s most experienced specialists in Mars exploration, she is passionate about science communication and outreach, striving to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by highlighting the exciting work going on today in the Space Industry and broader engineering profession. Abbie has won many awards and accolades in the course of her career including the IMechE’s Young Member of the Year, IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year, Royal Academy of Engineering Rising Star and winner the Science category prize in the Women of the Future Awards. A chartered engineer through the IMechE, and a council member for the IET, in 2016 Abbie was elected Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the youngest individual in the Institution’s 169 year history to achieve this status. This year Abbie was named as one of the BA100; a list of 100 “makers of Modern Britain” compiled by British Airways who represent the best values of modern Britain.